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The Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, formerly the Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail, creates a complete circuit around Lady Bird Lake. It is one of the oldest urban Texas hike and bike paths. The trail is the longest trail designed for non-motorized traffic maintained by the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department. A local nonprofit, The Trail Foundation, is the Trail’s private steward and has made Trail-wide improvements by adding user amenities and infrastructure including trailheads and lakefront gathering areas, jewel box locally-designed restrooms, exercise equipment, as well as doing Trailwide ecological restoration work on an ongoing basis. The Butler Trail loop was completed in 2014 with the public-private partnership 1-mile Boardwalk project which was spearheaded by The Trail Foundation.
The trail is 10.1 miles (16.3 km) long and mostly flat, with 97.5% of it at less than an 8% grade. The trail’s surface is smooth and is mostly crushed granite except for a few lengths of concrete and a boardwalk on the South-side of the lake. A pedestrian bridge incorporated into the trail bridges Barton Creek. The Roberta Crenshaw Pedestrian Walkway spans Lady Bird Lake beneath MoPac Boulevard and provides the trail’s westernmost crossing of Lady Bird Lake.
Before 1971, the shoreline of what was then called Town Lake was mostly a mixture of weeds, unkempt bushes, and trash. Some concerned Austinites tried to clean up the lake, but the effort was only partly successful. In 1971, the City of Austin created the Town Lake Beautification Project and appointed Lady Bird Johnson as the project’s honorary chairman. Johnson’s involvement brought attention and money (including $19,000 of her own) to the Town Lake project, allowing for the planting of hundreds of shrubs and trees and the completion of the Hike and Bike Trail from the piecemeal construction that had been done up to that time.
- Trail Measurement: 10 Mile Loop
- Compass Latitude: 30°16'08.6"N
- Compass Longitude: 97°46'39.9"W
- Numeric Latitude: 30.269047
- Numeric Longitude: -97.777741
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